Sunday, September 26, 2010

Photo for Today - More from the Walters Art Museum

Copyright Rick Menges, with my thanks

(Top) Relief Displaying the King Suckled by the Hathor-Cow
Artist: Anonymous (Egyptian)
Date (Period): ca. 1300-1200 BC (New Kingdom)
Medium: limestone with paint
Measurements: H: 8 7/16 x W: 13 in. (21.5 x 33 cm);
Framed H: 10 1/16 x W: 14 x D: 2 3/8 in. (25.5 x 35.5 x 6 cm)
Item Description:
A youthful king suckles at the udder of the mother-goddess Hathor, depicted as a cow. His black flesh may indicate that he is deceased, this color being associated with the underworld and the god Osiris; but the color black also symbolizes fertility, renewal, and rebirth, and its use implies that the king will be restored to life.

(Bottom) Relief with Hathor and King Necho II
Artist: Anonymous (Egyptian)
Date (Period): ca. 600 BC (Late Period)
Medium: limestone
Measurements: 5 11/16 x 10 11/16 x 1 3/8 in. (14.5 x 27.2 x 3.5 cm)
Item Description:
This rare relief shows King Necho II facing the cow-goddess Hathor, who wears a vulture headdress topped by a sun-disk and cow horns. The inscription above the goddess may once have read, "I grant you every country in submission."

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